Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told a Christian congregation in 2006 that she follows the teaching, "The Lord says: Be submissive, wives. You are to be submissive to your husbands." Bachmann's husband, Marcus, describes himself as her "strategist." Bachmann's former chief of staff, Ron Carey, tells The Washington Post's Jason Horowitz that "Philosophically, they are 100 percent aligned." So what Marcus thinks about policy is important. And what Marcus thinks about gay people is very interesting.
Specifically, Horowitz reports, he thinks they're "barbarians" who "need to be educated, need to be disciplined"--and, perhaps most important, can be turned straight. In 2006, the Minneapolis City Pages reported that Marcus Bachmann gave a presentation on "The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda" in which he presented three "ex-gay" people, and that his Christian-oriented mental health clinic attempts to turn gay people straight. Bachmann countered that he wouldn't "have a problem with" a gay patient who wanted to stay gay.
In response, some gay bloggers (and Cher) have been circulating totally unsubstantiated rumors that Marcus Bachmann is gay, as Chicago Pride noted. Queerty's Daniel Villareal highlights the audio clip in which Marcus refers to gays as "barbarians," saying he has "the ultimate gay voice." And that's why the ad that was featured on The Washington Post's website next to Horowitz's article on the Bachmanns was somewhat amusing: